The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers a rigorous
multi-disciplinary training environment leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.
Our programs focus on the comprehensive study of bacteriology, virology and
immunology with emphasis on mechanisms of human disease caused by pathogens at
the cellular and molecular level.
Graduates with an M.S. degree in Microbiology and Immunology are prepared for
research, technical, and supervisory positions in scientific laboratories in
academia, industry, government and the health care field. Within the M.S.
program, emphasis may be placed on bacteriology, virology or immunology.
Doctoral candidates are prepared to engage in advanced research for the
prevention and cure of infectious diseases, cancer, and autoimmune diseases.
Active collaborations with clinical researchers through interactions with the
Division of Infectious Diseases, Allergy and Rheumatology, Oncology and the
Brander Cancer Research Institute may be available.
The following areas are available for thesis research: pathogenesis of
infectious disease; bacterial genetics; influenza virus antigens and vaccine
development; HIV infection; molecular biology of neoplastic disease; and
immunological and biological therapy of disease. Microbial pathogens currently
under study in the department include Borrelia burgdorferi, Group A
streptococcus, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Toxoplasma gondii, Influenza virus,
Hepatitis C virus, and HIV.
The Department of Microbiology and Immunology does not specify prerequisite
undergraduate courses, but a background in chemistry (qualitative and
quantitative analysis, physical, and organic), physics, mathematics (including
calculus) and zoology is desirable.